Venice Pier Reopening Today!

14.jpgWest LA Online published a press release announcing the re-opening of the Venice Pier today!

I’ve missed the Pier. I live in that neighborhood, and one of my favorite weekend activities was to wander down there with a Cow’s End coffee. Now, I can resume checking out the surfers watching the sunset from the spot where Michael Douglas met his unfortunate end in Falling Down.

Actually, I always lose twenty, thirty minutes on the pier, just watching people. I like seeing the families that come from all over L.A. – and all over the country – to visit Venice Beach. I admire the patience of the fishermen, who never catch anything in my presence. And I think one of the common pastimes to anyone on a coast, is just to stare off into the distance, thinking about how much ocean there is out there. It took me months to adjust to the Pacific, without islands or mountains in the distance to break up the ocean, but I got used to it by looking west from the Venice Pier.

So I’m happy to let you all know – the Venice Pier is back. Yay!

6 thoughts on “Venice Pier Reopening Today!”

  1. Sorry Cybele – spoilers carry a ten year expiry date in my system ;-)

    And even if it WAS filmed on another pier, it’s still one the neighborhood locations I point out to my equally morbid visiting friends. But thanks Will. :-)

  2. I live in Seattle and visit Venice/Santa Monica/Marina del Rey a couple times a year. I was really bummed out on my last visit to be unable to walk down the pier. One of my favorite things to do while I’m in the area is to get up early in the day and wander the pier with a Cow’s End coffee; I’m glad to know I’ll be able to do that again.

    I really love this post. I have such an affection for the Venice Pier and I never really hear much mention of it.

  3. Even tho the pier was “closed” in years past I managed to get over the fence with some friends on a few occassions. Lets call those occassions drunken stunts. We would get lubed up and walk on over to the pier and simply climb over the fence. That was in 1990. Anyone else do that?

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